Thought Leader, Care Redesign

Bastiaan R. Bloem, MD, PhD

Medical Director; Founder and Board Member
Parkinson Centre Nijmegen; ParkinsonNet


Professor Bas Bloem is a consultant neurologist at the Department of Neurology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands. He received his M.D. degree (with honours) at Leiden University Medical Centre in 1993. In 1994, he obtained his PhD degree in Leiden, based on a thesis entitled “Postural reflexes in Parkinson’s disease”. He was trained as a neurologist between 1994 and 2000, also at Leiden University Medical Centre. He received additional training as a movement disorders specialist during fellowships at ‘The Parkinson’s Institute’, Sunneyvale, California (with Dr. J.W. Langston), and at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London (with Prof. N.P. Quinn and Prof. J.C. Rothwell).

In 2002, he founded and became Medical Director of the Parkinson Centre Nijmegen (ParC), which was recognised from 2005 onwards as centre of excellence for Parkinson’s disease. Together with Dr. Marten Munneke, he also developed ParkinsonNet, an innovative healthcare concept that now consists of 64 professional networks for Parkinson patients covering all of the Netherlands (www.parkinsonnet.nl). Because of the evidence‐based quality improvement and significant cost reduction, ParkinsonNet has received multiple awards, including the ‘Pearl Prize for Best National Healthcare Innovation’ in 2011, and the Value Based Health Care Award in 2015. In September 2008, he was appointed as Professor of Neurology, with movement disorders as special area of interest. He is currently Past‐President of the International Society for Gait and Postural Research, and is on the editorial board for several national and international journals. He is currently also member of the International Executive Committee of the Movement Disorder Society. In 2009, he joined the board of ZonMw (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development). In 2011, he was elected as the National Healthcare Hero by the Dutch Ministry of Health. In 2012, he was elected Citizen of the Year for the city of Nijmegen. He has two main research interests: cerebral compensatory mechanisms, especially in the field of gait & balance; and healthcare innovation, aiming to develop and scientifically evaluate patient‐centred collaborative care. Prof. Bloem has published over 550 publications, including more than 400 peer‐reviewed international papers.

Care Redesign Panel Clip Still: Primary Care Providers as Whole Care Coordinators

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Primary Care Providers as Whole Care Coordinators

Patients need someone knowledgeable about all the care they receive, but should that someone just be the primary care doctor?

Sara Singer and Bas Bloem Panel Clip Still: When Patients Want the Doctor, Not the Team

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When Patients Want the Doctor, Not the Team

How do you navigate the way work gets done with the way patients perceive they want care?

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Can an Innovative Network of Teams Work in U.S.?

Leader of the Netherlands’ ParkinsonNet says team care concept travels well.

Bastiaan R. Bloem Video Still: ParkinsonNet: Network of Teams Produces Value

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ParkinsonNet: Network of Teams Produces Value

Dutch network for managing Parkinson’s disease is improving care and saving money. Learn how it leverages technology and puts patients on the team.

Sara J. Singer Bastiaan R. Bloem Video Clip Still: The Power of Physician-Patient Partnership

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The Power of Physician-Patient Partnership

Do we underestimate a patient’s capacity to share in clinical decision making?

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